Module Awards and Guidelines for Modules

  1. Any undergraduate student who successfully completes the requirements of a module (or modules) and who applies for a module award will receive a certificate for each module completed, signed by the department head and the department’s director of undergraduate studies, identifying the title of the module and attesting that it has been satisfactorily completed.
  2. A module will consist of nine credits (i.e., three courses) from among those listed in the module descriptions set forth on the following pages.
  3. In all courses taken to complete a module, a grade of “C” or better must be earned.
  4. No course may count for more than one module.
  5. Module applications must be submitted prior to graduation. Applications received after graduation will not be accepted.
  6. ECON 400M, 489M, 496, and 499 may be used in a module with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies if the content of that course makes it appropriate for inclusion in a particular module.
  7. Rarely, a student will not be able to complete a module because no courses from that module are offered before the student’s graduation.  In this case, the student can petition the department for an available substitute course to be used for module completion.  Depending on course content, the Director of Undergraduate Studies may authorize a substitution. Petitioning does not guarantee a substitution, and only one such course substitution per module is permitted. Only courses offered by the economics department may be used to complete the requirements of a module, and students will be encouraged to enroll in available courses before petitioning for a substitute.
  8. Online Module Application

Description of Modules

Human Resource and Public Economics

Courses in Module: Econ 315, 323, 412, 415, 425, 427, 428, 432, 436, 445

Description of Module: The courses in this module include courses that focus on economic analysis of employment, earnings, and the labor market, and related government policies; the analysis of the impact and influence of demographic trends; and courses addressing microeconomic issues in public economics, including government spending and taxation.  Also examined in more depth are a number of applications in such specific areas of microeconomic public policy as environmental economics, urban economics, and health economics.

Macroeconomics, Money, and Banking

Courses in Module: Econ 351, 422, 424, 429, 434, 451, 452

Description of Module: The courses in this module provide analysis of macroeconomic issues including money, credit, and financial intermediation; measurement and theories of business cycles; the role of monetary and fiscal policy in economic stabilization; international finance and the world monetary system; and financial crises.

International, Development, and Transition Economics

Courses in Module: Econ 333, 409, 413, 433, 437, 438, 471, 472 or 472N, 475, 477

Description of Module: The international economics courses in this module examine various aspects of globalization, including interconnections between the U.S. economy and the rest of the world, exchange rate determination, trade flows, effects of tariffs and quotas, and the political economy of trade restrictions. The economic development and transition courses in this module examine problems of developing countries, the links between development and trade, and the transition problems of formerly Soviet-type economies, including privatization, restructuring and stabilization, relation between the development of these economies and the development of market economies, theories of economic growth, capital formation, and policies to promote economic growth and development.

Economics of Business and Law

Courses in Module: Econ 342, 402, 408, 443, 444, 446, 447, 448, 449, 454, 455, 457

Description of Module: Examination of the behavior of firms in different market environments, industrial concentration, size and efficiency of business firms, market structure and performance, decision making and strategic behavior, anti-trust and regulation issues, analysis of property rights, contractual arrangements, illegal behavior, and the effect of liability rules on business behavior.

Theory and Quantitative Methods

Courses in Module: Econ 306, 406, 407, 411, 417, 421, 465, 466, 479, 480, 483

Description of Module: Courses in this module examine the theoretical foundations of economics, empirical methods used to analyze economic data and experimental economics.  Emphasis is placed on mathematical techniques employed in economic analysis, and the computational and statistical tools used in economic research.